Monday, January 7, 2013

grandma's book review - Grace by Max Lucado

Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine  -     
        By: Max Lucado
Max Lucado is a husband, father, pastor and he is a story teller. All of these things are very clear when you read any of his books and the combination of these four things, in my opinion, is why his books are definite "must reads" whether you are talking bout a book he wrote on the Bible of one of his many wonderful books for children. He knows how to write words in a way which captures our attention and in a way which helps us understand Who God is and the truth of how much He loves us!

Max's newest book is called Grace - a word which on it's own causes our hearts to have hope! Grace is something we all need and thankfully is something God so richly lavishes on us! As Max says in this book, Grace is, "~ More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine ~" Just reading this was enough to make me want to read the book!

As I read Grace, the following things really stood out for me . . .

  • "Grace is God's best idea!" - of all the possible responses to the disobedience - the sin of people - God chose to give us grace! How amazing is that?!!! Grace is real love in action.
  • "God's Grace has a drenching about it. A wildness about it. A white-water, riptide, turn-you-upside-downess about it. Grace comes after you." - I had never thought about grace like this before. I grew up with songs like, Amazing Grace, which while it is a wonderful, amazing song, it leaves me with the feeling of "tameness" and "quietness". But, God's grace is wild and full of life! It does turn us upside-down and it does completely change our lives!
  • "When God hears your heart He hears the still-beating heart of His Son!" - Jesus is the ultimate organ donator - He gave His heart; His life so we can live!
  • "Do we clean up so God can accept us? no, He accepts us and begins cleaning us up! Grace lives because Jesus does, works because He works and matters because He matters!" - I'm so glad I can know, "Grace lives because Jesus does"! I'm so thankful I do not have to "clean up" before God can accept me because I can never make myself clean enough for God to accept me.
  • "Jesus stooped. Low enough to sleep in a manger, work in a carpentry shop, sleep in a fishing boat. Low enough to rub shoulders with crooks and lepers. Low enough to be spat upon, slapped, nailed and speared. Low. Low enough to be buried. And then He stood. Up from the slab of death. Tall. High. He stood up for the woman and silenced her accusers and He does the same for you." - yes, Jesus stooped low. But then He stood up! He rose from the dead and He stands up for me as He silences Satan and declares me forgiven; the recipient of God's Grace!
Grace is a must-read book! It will give you a new view of grace and a new view of God! One of the most important, most powerful things we can do as grandmas for our grandchildren is to help them understand the gift of Grace God has for them. Read this book and share what you learn with your grandchildren by accepting this grace from God and then living a life which is not only touched by grace, but is completely turned upside-down by it! Be a grandma who not only has received grace, but who freely gives it to those around you! If you check this link you can read the first chapter of Grace! I was given the opportunity to read and review this book through "Book Sneeze"

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